After brilliantly slashing the prices of sedans, compacts, station wagons and SUVs, Dacia is now tackling the electric car. But no one is bound to the impossible, and the Spring is the proof …

At first glance everything is going well. With a rather nice little face, in line with the brand’s latest productions, the Spring is attractive. 3.73 m in length, it is barely more than 10 cm more than its cousin the Twingo (3.61 m). Big enough to be more roomy and compact enough to fit around town. Even the trunk, with 290 l, is pretty decent for a car of this size.

It’s in the cabin that things start to take a different turn. If we could expect for a low-cost that this would not be the great luxury, we imagined that Dacia us would still offer as on its other models a smart interior, with a perceived quality incredibly favorable for the price … It is not!

Sad, entirely made of hard plastics and really “cheap”, it reminds the Renault of the 80s. And although the interior takes elements of that of the Sandero, we do not find the nice atmosphere of the latter. Likewise, the equipment is reduced to its simplest expression: an air conditioning system from another era, basic functions from basic home. and a good old key that must be inserted into an old-fashioned Neiman, unimaginable on an electric today.

Dacia Spring test (2021): the impossible equation?

Good to know: anticipate the purchase and resale.

It is possible to know the resale or trade-in value of your vehicle thanks to the auto Turbo rating of your Dacia Spring, the alternative to the Argus rating.

And then in the middle of it all, a nice surprise! Sometimes the counting can be beneficial and this is the case of the instrumentation. Strangely, in a good part of the electric or plug-in hybrids that I have tested recently (whose display on a digital panel now replaces the traditional needle counters), all competed with sophisticated designs to the point of not finding much its sheep and no longer distinguish too much information essential for driving and efficiency. There none of that, it’s a mixture of traditional counter and light diodes quite simple and suddenly, very readable!

“Because time belongs to him …”

Once we have turned the ignition key, obviously not a noise. Besides, it is better do not rush when you turn this key and leave a time for the car to initialize after the last quarter turn because if you let go too quickly, the car will not start!

Because you will find that in Spring time does not flow in the same way as in other cars. If you are one of the people in a hurry, the electric Dacia is definitely not for you!

Dacia Spring test (2021): the impossible equation?

Once “started” (I don’t know if it’s still the right term since nothing happens and not a noise on an electric), we turn a plastic knob on the central console, which does not look good. solid. It looks like a Chinese toy … Not so surprising when you know that it is precisely there that the Spring is built! So we put on the “D” and we press vigorously on the accelerator ready to feel the torque effect of a 100% electric.

And there … Well not really. The car starts slowly, very slowly, quietly, taking its time. 10, 30, 50 km / h, what we do not know is that at this moment we benefited from the most vigorous acceleration, we have already left for 5.8 s! Beyond that, you will have to take your trouble patiently to finally reach 100 km / h after a little over 19 seconds. The best supercars would already be launched at over 300 km / h. So it certainly has nothing to do with it, but even for an electric city car it’s loooooong! And above all dangerous. Do not plan to overtake on a departmental, it would be taking too great a risk.

Dacia Spring test (2021): the impossible equation?

Anyway the first turns quickly encourage you not to be smart at the wheel. The steering is blurry, imprecise, and the small wheels struggle to follow the course of the road if you try to pick up the pace a little. Alone, strangely, the braking is quite effective. So we play cushy and we admire the landscape … I was saying it: time belongs to him.

Start the charge

And do not hope to make up for time on the highway, you will be surprised to discover that its maximum speed is set at 125 km / h, in other words you will not even reach the authorized speed. Here too time passes slowly. Finally slowly but not for long because the announced autonomy of 230 km to the WLTP standard melts like snow in the sun on the expressway. Besides, as a general rule, on mixed cycles, do not expect to exceed 130/140 km and again, sweat on your forehead. In question: its small battery of 33 kWh, the biggest cost item of an electric car. Dacia couldn’t do better at this price. And 120 km, it’s 60 one way, 60 return, in other words from the west of Paris if you reach Disneyland Paris you will have to recharge to get back! And provided you recharge for a while. Because basic, it only accepts a maximum of 6.6 kW, ie in the best conditions, almost 5 hours to fully recharge it. 1:30 p.m. on a classic 220 v outlet. A fast charge is possible but it is optional and do not expect to achieve “high scores” on the Ionity superchargers: it is also capped at 30 kW (well, it still allows 80% of the battery to be recharged). in 56 minutes).

Dacia Spring test (2021): the impossible equation?

Technical characteristics Dacia Spring (2021)

Model tested: Dacia Spring Confort Plus
Dimensions L x W x H 3.734 / 1.622 / 1.516 m
Wheelbase 2,423 m
Min / max trunk volume 290/600 l
Unloaded weight 970 kg
Engine Electric
Power 44 hp
Couple 125 Nm
Transmission Traction
0 to 100 km / h 19.1 s
Max speed 125 km / h
Autonomy announced 230 km (WLTP) / 33 kWh battery
CO2 rate 0 g / km
2021 bonus € 4,587
Prices from € 16,990 (model tested: € 18,490)